Lefebvre (pronounced "luh-FAY") was a promising power hitter who homered in his first
two major league games for the Yankees, tying a record. After being traded to the
Padres, he was unsuccessfully converted to third base (and even caught some games).
On September 13, 1982 he had six hits in a 16-inning game.
Lefebvre seemed finally
ready to fulfill his promise after hitting .310 following a May 1983 trade to the
Phillies, finishing at .306 for the year with eight HR and 20 doubles in 278 at-bats
and helping Philadelphia win the NL pennant. But he was felled by back trouble in
June 1984 and missed all of 1985 too; a comeback attempt in 1986 failed.